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The Shins share videos for two different versions of “Name For You” — watch

Plus, James Mercer and co. expand their forthcoming tour schedule

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    Today marks the release of The Shins’ new album Heartworms (you can stream it in full here). However, the record may actually just be the first taste of something more to come, as the band has revealed that they recorded an alternate, “flipped” version.

    According to a press release, James Mercer undertook a songwriting exercise in which he rewrote each song “from scratch” until he had two completely different albums. “Mercer’s ability to create two totally divergent albums from the same underlying compositions not only highlights his immense capability as a songwriter,” explains the press release, “but also functions as a reminder of what it means to be an artist, how an artist acts as both the master and facilitator of his artistic product.”

    (Read: How The Shins Changed Zach Braff’s Life Forever)

    Our first listen to what this “parallel reality” album sounds like comes thanks to the twin videos for “Name For You”. Above, you can watch the clip for the album version of the track. Directed by The Shins’ drummer Jon Sortland, the video follows skateboarders Savannah Headden and Samarria Brevard on a lo-fi day in Southern California.

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    Below, take a listen to the “flipped” version, which is a far darker, new-wave take on the catchy single. The video for this version was directed by Zaiba Jabbar with help from Sortland and Mark Watrous, and it stars Transparent actress Trace Lysette.

    If you head to The Shins’ website, you can play both videos simultaneously, seamlessly switching back and forth with an interactive switch. There’s no word yet on when we might get a listen to the entire alternate versions of Heartworms, so stay tuned for more.

    In addition to the videos and new music, The Shins have expanded the itinerary for one of the most anticipated tours of the year. Find their complete scheduled below.

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    The Shins 2017 Tour Dates:
    03/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
    03/14 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    03/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    03/25 – Glasgow, UK @ BBC 6 Music Festival
    03/28 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon
    03/29 – London, UK @ Apollo Hammersmith
    03/30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
    03/31 – Zurich, SUI @ M4Music Festival
    04/20 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
    04/21 – Nashville, TN @ Vanderbilt University; Rites of Spring
    04/22-23 – North Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival
    05/13 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
    05/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
    05/16 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
    05/17 – Richmond, VA @ The National
    05/19 – Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
    05/20 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Hotel & Casino @ Stir Cove
    05/21 – Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center for the Arts
    05/23 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
    05/24 – Calgary, AB @ McEwan Hall
    05/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    05/28 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
    05/29 – Boise, ID @ Summerfield at Memorial Stadium
    06/01 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
    06/02 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival
    06/03 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
    06/04 – Houston, TX @ FPSF
    06/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park Bandshell
    06/16 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point
    06/17 – Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang
    06/18 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
    06/21 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
    06/22 – Ogden, UT @ Ogden Amphitheatre
    06/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas @ The Chelsea
    07/11 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapid Theater
    07/12 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
    07/28 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ Wayhome Music & Arts Festival
    07/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
    07/30 – Burlington, VT @ Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
    08/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE — Indoor
    08/02 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
    08/04-06 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
    08/13 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
    08/14 – Hamburg, DE @ Grobe Freiheit
    08/15 – Berlin, DE @ Astra Kulturhaus
    08/16 – Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
    08/17-20 – Beacons, UK @ Green Man Music Festival
    08/22 – Manchester, UK @ Academy
    08/23 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City

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